Repainted my muffler. Took off the little pieces that were chrome because they are very rusty and nasty looking. What do you guys recommend to refinish those pieces? Too cost prohibitive to rechrome them. Chrome paint? Silver? Thoughts? *Doesn't have to be great since i did a crappy job painting the muffler anyway and i'm trying to make this thing decent at the lowest cost.
Post by oldchopperguy on Jul 26, 2015 20:00:40 GMT -5
On my previous Chinese 150, those pieces were stainless, but if they're rusted, they are probably chrome-plated. Chinese parts come in all sorts of materials and finishes.
I've never found a "chrome paint" that actually resembled real chrome... But some are pretty nice looking, being at least bright, and resembling electroless-nickel. The parts wouldn't look bad painted flat black to match the mufflers, either. Lots of good heat-resistant black out there.
Have a bone on the old chopper guy for keeping the scoot looking good as "affordable" as possible! My kind of rider!
Leo in Texas
PS: I just happened to think: there are abrasive wheels available which use a black, aggressive material resembling a "green pad" only more aggressive. I've used these on ratty aluminum car wheels with good success, leaving a brushed finish. One of these in a drill might clean up the rust and pits enough to look like brushed stainless-steel. A clear coat of lacquer should keep the parts nice for some time. Just a thought.
Unfortunately low grade stainless steel does rust. You can try a metal finish spray paint that has a hammered or satin finish for those heat shields as most chrome paint does not look that great to me and is prone to swirls and such when painting large areas. Even silver wheel paint available at the local auto parts store will probably give you a nice clean look.
Cleaned them up a little. Ended up using 600grit and 3M very fine scotch pad. I'll be lazy for now and leave it. Will probably end up painting it in a couple weeks. They are still pitted a little, but paint will cover that. Really liked that duplicolor...just need to pick a color and find out if i need a clear coat over it.
Im new to the scooter world but I've been detailing cars for 10+ yrs. If you already scuffed down with 600 grit i would jump to 1000 grit followed by 1500 then take some mothers metal polish and i bet you would like the results more than painting
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At this point you may be able to brighten it up with just the headlight polishing kit from Harbor Freight. You just provide a corded drill with some decent speed to it and you may be surprised with the results.
Thanks artman. You live in WA? Looking for a detailer for my truck The endcaps look nice and shiny but the 2 middle pieces don't. Problem is I had to sand so aggressively on the pitting that a lot of the nickle is showing through that you can't see in the picture.